My daughters, BX and BY joined Heart Studio in Jan 2016.
BX has always loved Art. I started her in a franchised art enrichment centre which carried out the course in a regulated fashion and disregarded the child’s artistic development. At a friend’s recommendation, I switched her to Heart Studio.
At Heart Studio, despite having the same project theme within a class, under Teacher Elma’s tutelage, every student is given the leeway to demonstrate their individual artistic expressions. The different projects allow the children to be acquainted with various art forms and mediums. This conditions the children to see things from different perspectives and be open to diverse possibilities. In this age of technological disruption where change is the only constant, such a receptive mindset is imperative.
BY is part of a pair of twins, with weak fine motor skills. She also suffered low self-esteem as she was overshadowed by her other stronger twin. I decided to enrol her at Heart Studio as I believed Art would empower her. When she first joined Heart Studio, she was quiet and took forever to decide what she wanted to do. However, Teacher Syafiq and Teacher Vinky would just waitpatiently for her to decide. Not once did they raise their voice or push her into a decision. They were always encouraging and positive in their approach.
Gradually, Bing Yu began to open up and her confidence grew. She may not be a Yayoi Kusama but her artistic expression is very reflective of that quirkiness in her. The interest in Art overflowed to interest in other areas. She became more proactive in her learning, even her preschool teachers noticed the difference in her.
Besides the teachers, Heart Studio’s founder, Rena, and administrator, May, always make me feel at home when I wait for my children. Heart Studio is like a big family where people from all walks of life integrate seamlessly.